(GOES-East when it was in operation) is in a parking orbit, currently drifting about 4°W daily. It was decommissioned on April 1, 2003, and deactivated on May 5, 2004, after the failure of its propulsion system.
Several GOES satellites are still in orbit, either inactive or re-purposed. is no longer used for weather operations, but is a critical part of the communication links between the United States and . Geostationary satellites cannot ordinarily be seen at all from the poles, but they require station-keeping fuel to keep them stationary over the equator. When station-keeping fuel is depleted, solar and lunar perturbations increase the satellite's inclination so that its begins to describe an (a figure-8 in the north-south direction). This usually ends the satellite's primary mission. But when the inclination is high enough, the satellite may begin to rise above the polar horizons at the extremes of the figure-8, as is the case for GOES-3. A nine-meter dish was constructed at the station, and communication with the satellite is currently possible for about five hours per day. Data rates are around 2.048 Mbit/s bi-directional under optimum conditions.
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The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite system (GOES), operated by the United States' (NESDIS), supports , severe storm tracking, and research. and ground-based elements of the system work together to provide a continuous stream of data. The (NWS) uses the GOES system for its United States weather monitoring and forecasting operations, and scientific researchers use the data to better understand land, atmosphere, ocean, and climate interactions.
Carolyn KearneytoTodd Mckenney
September 16 at 11:52pm ·
Hi Todd, I missed you in tonight's performance of Anything Goes. Are you OK?
And, while I'm here, I LOVED your work as Peter Allen way back when. Thanks!
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